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bert's bar & brasserie, nsw

Bert's Bar & Brasserie

Level 1, 2 Kalinya St, Newport, NSW
(02) 9240 3000

merivale.com.au/venues/berts

Cuisine Seafood Brasserie
WINE LIST Andres Aragon Perez/Franck Moreau
WINEs ON LIST 720 (27 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($95-$11 by the glass)

Top Central Otago pinot gris and a Macon-Villages chardonnay served on tap? Why not? A fine selection of premium wines from around the world poured via Coravin, maybe finishing with a glass of 2006 Chateau d’Yquem? Or, maybe a bottle of grower Champagne for that birthday celebration, or a dip into a 14-strong vertical of Penfolds Grange? From the moment it opened for business earlier this year, Bert’s understood the role of the hotel restaurant wine list perfectly, mixing the classics with new exciting kids on the wine block from here and around the world. But it also appreciates that a good list is daring and unpredictable. Sydney diners expect no less of a restaurant under the Merivale group which operates more than 60 brands and venues in the city. The company’s latest venture in Newport has an experienced wine team headed by experienced group sommelier, Franck Moreau, with Andreas Aragon Perez. The seafood brasserie wine list plays up the obvious seafood-friendly wines such as riesling, chardonnay, pinot noir and rosé, but then lets fly with some imaginative pairings exploring Austrian grüner veltliner, Alsatian pinot blanc and the odd, aged savagnin from the Jura, before moving into the ultra-nouveau territory occupied by skin-contact white wines and low-intervention reds. Bragging rights for the best listing of exciting wines on the list gets down to a battle between France and Australia. You be the judge.

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Bells at Killcare

107 The Scenic Rd, Killcare Heights, NSW
(02) 4349 7000

bellsatkillcare.com.au

CUISINE Italian
WINE LIST Alessio Rubini
WINEs ON LIST 300 (35 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($66-$13 by the glass)

A love of Italian wine flows throughout this smart list and thanks to Coravin, several are offered by the glass, top stuff like Jermann chardonnay or Felsina Chianti Classico. Plenty to swoon over but it doesn't stop there. There's joy to be found with the French and Australian wines with other gems dotted throughout think Grace Koshu or Donnhoff riesling. Now, where to start?

Hardy’s Verandah

74 Mount Lofty Summit Rd, Crafers, SA
(08) 8339 6777

hardysverandahrestaurant.com.au

CUISINE Modern Australian
WINE LIST Luca Abbatiello / Jesse Kornoff
WINEs ON LIST 461 (22 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$$ ($55-$12 by the glass)

Hardy's Verandah has expanded its wine offerings by more than 150 wines from 2018 and it shows. Indeed, regulars will notice a few changes including a separate prosecco category, beers on tap and an increase to 150mls for a glass of Champagne. We're not complaining! As the list grows in number, it also grows in stature with a sympathetic hearing for the wines of its Adelaide Hills locale, played against an impressive collection of Aussies and internationals from multiple vintages of The Armagh and Grosset's Gaia to a taste-off of nebbiolo from Australia and Piedmont. Wine lovers will be in seventh heaven.